World Malaria Day 2019
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World Malaria Day 2019

On April 25, we celebrate World Malaria Day 2019. It is an essential day for global health and humanitarian development. More importantly, it’s also an opportunity to continue advancing the agenda to fight malaria all around the world.

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Malaria and Global Health

Currently, malaria disease occurs in more than 100 countries. That means that millions of people are at risk of contracting malaria at some point in their life. Besides, the disease is one of the top child killers in the world.

Sub-Saharan Africa is the region that particularly suffers from malaria. It has the highest disease burden, with around 90% of malaria cases occurring here. It also carries the highest number of adult and child deaths related to malaria.

In the last 20 years, the global health system has reduced malaria rates by 62%. However, we are nowhere close to malaria eradication or safe from the risks associated with the disease. So, more action is necessary to continue fighting malaria.

Why is World Malaria Day important?

The global health community took strides in addressing malaria from the beginning of the 20th century. However, in the past few years gains have become insignificant. In 2017, 435,000 died from malaria disease, nearly the same number as in 2016. So, there needs to be more effort to reduce these numbers.

Also, it’s essential to consider that the heavy burden of malaria in sub-Saharan Africa is not coincidental. It disproportionately affects the poorest and the most vulnerable. Malaria disease is not only often the consequence of poverty but is also one of its causes.

This year, the official World Malaria Day celebration is taking place in Paris. The global health and humanitarian communities are celebrating this day and taking a stance all around the world.

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“Zero malaria starts with me.”

The theme for this year’s World Malaria Day is “zero malaria starts with me.” The goal of the campaign is to tap into grassroots strategies to fight malaria. Also, it aims to maintain the battle against malaria disease on local and international political agendas. This will help to mobilize more resources and empower communities to address malaria.

If you’d like to be part of the campaign, you can use the World Malaria Day 2019 official social media toolkit. Share the message of the fight against malaria!

NGOs Fighting Malaria

Hundreds of NGOs fight malaria daily. These are just of the organizations that are implementing programs against malaria disease.

1. African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA)

ALMA is a coalition 49 African governments working against malaria disease. Their goal is to eliminate malaria by 2030. For Instance, the alliance has implemented a monitoring and accountability system for tracking progress in malaria elimination. This helps to share lessons learned, identifying issues and progressing with results.

2. Global Vaccine Alliance (GAVI)

An international organization, GAVI promotes immunization around the world. Its main goal is to ensure equal access to vaccines, particularly for the most vulnerable. In terms of malaria, GAVI supports research and design for a malaria vaccine. Today, only preventing antimalarial medication exists.

3. Goodbye Malaria

Several African entrepreneurs launched the Goodbye Malaria initiative. Its goal is to create innovative solutions to address malaria and the overall impression of the African continent. The initiative collaborates with a variety of local and global organization towards malaria elimination.

4. Malaria No More

The goal of Malaria No More is also to prevent all malaria-related deaths. Their main target is political commitment, funding, and innovation. Ultimately, it is ending malaria within our generation. The US President first launched the Malaria No More Initiative in 2006.

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